Goodbye First Love

Insightful and at times sexually candid storytelling…arthouse audiences could drink this down like a glass of Chardonnay.


Goodbye First Love

GOODBYE, FIRST LOVE is an acutely perceptive portrait of a bright young woman in the wake of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has fallen in love with easy-going Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman, with new interests and a new love—and the possibility that she’ll be less defenseless when Sullivan enters her life again. Rendering scenes that showcase her extraordinary ability to evoke moods and feelings, Hansen-Løve takes the story of a girl’s first romance and makes it into a singular experience, familiar in its broad strokes and yet so specific that it feels uniquely personal.

The recipient of a Special Mention at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival and featured at the 2011 Toronto, Telluride and New York film festivals, GOODBYE FIRST LOVE is French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s follow up to her critically acclaimed THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN.

“An entrancingly sweet and bracingly unsentimental story of youthful passion.”
-A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Satisfyingly nuanced…Hansen-Løve gives her coming-of-age-meets-extended-adolescence tale unusual psychological depth and (even more unusual) a female point of view.”
-Karina Longworth, The Village Voice

“[GOODBYE FIRST LOVE] is sure to win this exceedingly talented French writer-director many more fans. Hansen-Løve and the superb Créton excel at showing Camille’s slow transition from fragile juvenile to functioning adult. This is how you portray adolescence onscreen.”
-Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
Not Rated
Drama, Romance
French, German, Danish
Mia Hansen-Løve
Mia Hansen-Løve
Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke
David Edelstein, New York Magazine

There’s nothing like a film about wayward passions to remind you how differently people feel things. Consider the French drama Goodbye First Love. Some will find it too emotionally intense to endure. Others will experience it as a low-impact talkfest about an annoyingly self-absorbed French person ...

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